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A look ahead: Bucs at Seahawks

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Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

The winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to Seattle on Sunday (Fox, 4:05 p.m) to face the powerful Seahawks, who have outscored opponents by an average margin of 10 points per game.

RECORDS: Bucs 0-7, Seahawks 7-1

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Seahawks lead, 7-4

BUCS ROAD RECORD vs. SEAHAWKS: 2-3

LAST MEETING: The Bucs routed the Seahawks 38-15 on Dec. 26, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium as Josh Freeman tied a franchise record with five TD throws. Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow each caught a pair of scoring passes and rookie RB LeGarrette Blount rumbled for 164 yards as Tampa Bay improved to 9-6. Freeman completed 21 of 26 pass attempts for 237 yards without an interception. Seattle was limited to 174 total yards, but the Seahawks were leading 7-3 when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck departed late in the opening quarter with a hip injury. Charlie Whitehurst was ineffective as Hasselbeck's replacement.

NEED TO KNOW: The Seahawks are 17-point favorites at home, where crowd noise often interferes with opposing offenses. Seattle boasts the NFC's top-rated defense, led by a stellar secondary. CB Richard Sherman and S Earl Thomas have four interceptions apiece, and the Seahawks lead the league with 21 takeaways. QB Russell Wilson is poised and efficient, while Marshawn Lynch is the NFL's No. 4 rusher. Wilson's favorite target, WR Golden Tate, is also a dangerous punt returner, averaging 11.3 yards.

The Bucs have dropped 12 of their past 13 games, and a defense that had been stout in September has yielded 31 points in three consecutive games. Injuries are mounting, with WR Mike Williams (hamstring), RB Doug Martin (shoulder) and G Carl Nicks (foot) all sidelined. Rookie QB Mike Glennon faces his toughest test, and his only proven weapon is veteran WR Vincent Jackson, who leads all NFL players with 18 third-down catches. Second-year OLB Lavonte David is playing at a Pro Bowl level.

Stats comparison

 Bucs              

 Seahawks

 

 

 

Total Offense 

31st (297.7 ypg)         

15th (339.4 ypg)

 

 

 

Rushing Offense

21st (93.6 ypg)           

4th (140.6 ypg)

 

 

 

Passing Offense

26th (204.1 ypg)        

28th (198.8 ypg)

 

 

 

Total Defense 

14th (338.4 ypg)        

2nd (289.3 ypg)

 

 

 

Rushing Defense

7th (94.6 ypg)           

15th (105.1 ypg)

 

 

 

Passing Defense

19th (243.9 ypg)        

3rd (184.1 ypg)

 

 

 

Points Scored 

31st (14.3 ppg)           

9th (25.6 ppg)

 

 

 

Points Allowed

18th (23.3 ppg)          

3rd (15.6 ppg)

 

 

 

Sacks              

t22nd (17.0)               

t3rd (26.0)

 

 

 

Sacks Allowed

t11th (17.0)    

t25th (27.0)

 

 

 

Turnover Margin

t15th (-1)        

t2nd (+9)

 

 

 

Team leaders            

Bucs               

Seahawks

 

 

 

Rushing Yards                    

Martin (456)

Lynch (601)

 

 

 

Passer Rating 

Glennon (78.0)

Wilson (99.0)

 

 

 

Receptions     

Jackson (41)   

Tate (32)

 

 

 

Receiving Yards

Jackson (623) 

Tate (439)

 

 

 

Sacks              

David (5.0)     

Bennett (4.5)

 

 

 

Interceptions  

Six with 1       

Thomas, Sherman (4)

 

 

 

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